Added May 19, 2011
During the term holidays, I went over to Adelaide, and did a three day corsetry course at Tafe SA.
Fitted and drafted one corset to ourselves, using either an overbust, or underbust pattern. I drafted the pattern with a sweetheart neckline, each side has 4 panels, and 4 steal bones, as well as the bucks, and two supporting white steal strips to support the grommets. There are 13 grommets at the back, and it requires 6m of ribbon! (although i used velet ribbon….looks good, but is quite difficult to put tight when your doing it on your own) and when done up should have an even 4cm gap running down the back.
The corset takes 4 inches off my natural waist (oohh-la-la!) and is three layers thick (fashion layer, coutil, and lining). Im quite a fan of the lining, but unfortunately a good corset should not be worn inside out, as it will damage and potentially break the steal bones. The edges are binded by hand….blerg, that took far too long! At first i was a bit skepticle about the fabric, but im very happy with how it turned out. Next time i use fabric with a print, i might try and make it continuous all the way around.
overall, totally worth doing the course, and im in love with this corset and want to wear it all the time! The only thing about the course was, i was much quicker than everyone else, and was the only one who completely finished by the end of the three days…..becayse i kind of had too, because i couldnt come back when the teacher had other classes the next week, i had to fly off home!
The best part about taking these photos, is that i found a full length reading of alice in wonderland and used my parents grammaphone for the first time. It was incredible.
P.s. aren’t my babes bitchin’?
quilting fabric as fashion layer